21 Mar 2010

Weekend Cat Blogging

This is something I've always wanted to do but never gotten around to! Since I started this blog I've always nosed upon the Weekend Cat Blogging group, I mean, who doesn't love a kitty! And, after a year and a bit I've finally gone and done it! So, here is my very first Weekend Cat Blog....


Everyone meet Gogo! Gogo is my foster child and I love her very much! She came to me from a friend who has moved back in with her parents. Said parents have a kitty Gogo didn't really get along with so she came to stay with us for a wee while. I can honestly say she has made the last month of my life so much better, her little face lights up my day. I enjoy her so much, I've decided I'm going to get another cat once she returns to her birth mother. I don't think I've told Kris yet, so shhhh!


And this is the number one man in my life, Marmalade. I don't think it is possible for a human being to love a cat as much as I love Marmalade. He is my little life partner and my reason for getting up in the morning.

Unfortunately, Muffin hates the camera and runs for the hills every time I point it at her. So she will have to live in anonymity...for now.

14 Mar 2010

Sweet Melissa and her Carrot Cake

Good morning campers, and to all you yummy mummies out there, Happy Mothers Day! If any of you are like me then this cake will be making the perfect addition to an already lovely Mothering Sunday gift. I mean, every mam deserves a cake! This weeks pick was the choice of Julie from a Little Bit of Everything, Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.


I was quite excited to make this one as for as long as I can remember I've turned the SMS layer cakes into cupcakes. So this week I decided to stick to the recipe, for once. Sadly, my excitement was short lived as I found this cake rather disappointing. As it baked the cake developed quite a crispy top, not dissimilar to the texture of a meringue. Oddly enough, while the top was quite dry, the inside was awfully moist, a little too moist, despite passing the toothpick test. Personally, I blame my oven! This was the last thing I baked before getting my oven door replaced as for the last year the inner glass has been loose and the seal has been broken (thanks mister landlord). Fingers crossed that from now on my cakes will be disaster free ;)


Don't forget to have a mosey over to the SMS bakers to see everyone else's mothers day treats!

12 Mar 2010

Upcakes

No, that wasn't a typo, today I have been making Upcakes. OK, I suppose I better explain myself, these cakes are based upon the charming and highly emotional film Up! Oh how I loved that film, I laughed, I cried and then I cried some more. So when I spotted these cakes on Bakerella's blog I just had to give them a try.


The only difficult thing about these cupcakes for me was finding a shop that stocked doughnut holes. Unfortunately the only holes I could find were jam filled so they were a little larger than the ones Bakerella used and I guess they were quite a bit heavier too. Rather than using noodles I had to use cocktail sticks to hold up the 'balloons' and even then the mound slid slowly down the sticks till they eventually met the top of the cake. Oh well, I'm sure they'll still taste just as delicious.

10 Mar 2010

Wooo, I've been nominated for a Little Dorset Blog Award. I'd be ever so happy if you'd vote for me. You could even win yourself a big case of fancy Dorset Cereals :)

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